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WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest U.S. government honor to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.
“It is an honor to recognize these 15 exemplary civilian employers,” said Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. “The strength of our military and the success of our defense strategy depends on the readiness of our National Guard and Reserve members. These dedicated citizen warriors could not accomplish their missions without employers who understand and support their military service. We are grateful to these organizations for their role in keeping our nation safe and for setting the standard for all employers of Guard and Reserve members.”
The Freedom Award recipients below will be honored Aug. 23 at a Pentagon ceremony:
Archer Daniels Midland
New York, New York
Callison Tighe & Robinson, LLC
Columbia, South Carolina
San Ramon, California
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Delta Solutions & Strategies, LLC
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Direct Supply, Inc.
Hartford, Connecticut and
Houston Police Department
Kauai Auto Repair
San Antonio, Texas
LG&E and KU Energy, LLC
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
The Steel Network
Durham, North Carolina
West Valley City
West Valley City, Utah
The 2019 recipients were selected from 2,415 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists highlighting how their civilian employers went far beyond what the federal law requires to support them. The Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional employer support, with 265 honorees to date.
For more information about the Freedom Award, visit www.FreedomAward.mil. To learn more about ESGR, part of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, visit www.ESGR.mil.
ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.